Have you ever had the feeling that something is just not right? Something in your gut is trying to tell you something? Well, that has happened to me. Last year, I hit rock bottom. I was told that I was dealing with Adrenal fatigue. I dropped many activities and focused on sleep and nutrition. While I was feeling better, I still wasn’t back to normal. Other issues started creeping up. Fatigue was still present, despite the fact I was sleeping 8 hours a night and I hadn’t been able to run or cycle for the last few months because of severe pain in my right hip. I would start crying at the drop of a dime and I completely lost interest in the things I loved.
I wasn’t sure what was wrong, but deep down, I knew this wasn’t normal. I was being told by my peers that I should accept the fact that I was getting old. After all, I am in my 40’s. As I assessed my symptoms, I honestly thought I was going to the doctors office and be told that A: had fibromyalgia and B: I needed a hip replacement. Of course,with that kind of thinking, I procrastinated. I did not want to hear the bad news.
Since I don’t go to the Doctors very often, I also wanted to talk to her about birth control. The Minena IUD that I had been using had expired and I wanted to know my options, since having another child at this time of my life isn’t an option. I decided to consult Dr Google to explore the pros and the cons of the different products and the potential side and discuss them with my family physician, then make a decision.
My previous family physician recommended I get the IUD. He stated it was easy and safe. Of course I read the info pamphlet and it included something similar to the information on the official website: http://www.mirena-us.com/. I thought the risks were acceptable. Drug companies have to be careful and list all of the adverse affect they encountered during clinical trials. These were similar to most birth control pill. The IUD had the migration and proliferation issues, but I was told these were rare cases. I was okay with that. Those risks were acceptable by my standards.
I had been happy with the Mirena. It did it’s job. I didn’t get pregnant in the 5 years of use. As I googled “Mirena” the first thing my eyes locked into was the “Mirena Lawsuit”. Of course, I had to investigate this claim a little deeper. While I don’t believe everything I see on the internet, every once in a while, something you read on the internet and makes you say “WOW”. That was me. I had that moment.
The symptoms reported by some women, while on the Mirena was quite interesting. Reading through many testimonials, I found myself nodding. Yes, yes….and yes…. I was shocked that I hadn’t put two and two together. I am a healthy athlete. I am in tuned with my body, but I still missed something.
Some symptoms include, but not limited to:
- weight gain
- severe cramping
- breast tenderness
- lower back pain
- more frequent migranes
- hot flashes
- dizzy spells
- panic attacks
- vaginal odor
- hair loss
- loss of libido
- increased lip, chin and leg hair
- joint pain
- The list goes on.
OH MY! They were describing me. I couldn’t believe it when I read through the symptoms that the Mirena could cause that. While reading may testimonials and watching a few you tube videos, many women noticed things were wrong with them almost instantly. why had I not noticed it? The only thing that I could think of was that I was injured and went though back surgery while all of this was going on. New symptoms were normal with my back issues getting worse.
I had the Mirena removed and WOW, my life changed. It was incredible. Three days, I could certainly see a big difference in how I felt. It was amazing. The deep bone hip pain was gone. That’s right, severe hip pain completely gone.
That was my story from 5 years ago. How my life changed. I was finally getting on with my life, when BAM! I hit a brick wall once again. This time while training for a full Ironman. It certainly has been a roller coaster ride.
That is a story for another blog post that I will be posting shortly.
Till next time, have a great active week.